Creating an Accessibile Course

Self-Assessment Tool

Developed by Disability Support Services

Course Design & Development



Course Delivery



Digital Documents


  • The digital documents I upload to the LMS can be viewed correctly in different browsers and mobile devices.
    • When documents open in browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Safari the formatting looks the same.
  • The digital documents I upload to the LMS utilize high contrast (black and white, blue and yellow, etc.)
  • The use of color does not disadvantage those with color blindness.
  • I use formatting besides color (bold word and different size font) to distinguish between important items.
  • The PDFs I use in my course are not scanned images so they can be accessible by screen readers.
  • When I create digital documents I use a Clear Sans Serif (Arial, Calibri, Verdana) font no smaller than 12pt.
  • When I use hyperlinks in my online course I use meaningful text instead of the URL.
  • Before I upload my PowerPoint, Excel, or Word documents I run the Microsoft Accessibility Checker to ensure there are no accessibility errors.

Multimedia Files



Course Assessment and Feedback


  • I employ various methods to assess students’ overall knowledge of the subject matter.
    • Examples: group work, written assignments, discussion boards, presentations, etc.
  • I can provide feedback and assessment in written, audio, and video forms when needed.

Please visit the online course titled, “Creating an Accessible Online Learning Environment” housed in UAB’s Learning Management System, HealthStream, to learn more about Universal Design for Instruction principles.

UAB Learning Management System